A Northern Wind: Britain 1962-65 (Hardback)David Kynaston (author)
Covering the two and a half years that included Beatlemania, the Profumo Affair, the Cuban Missile Crisis and more, this superlative addition to Kynaston's groundbreaking history of post-war Britain brings the 'white heat' of political and social progress to life.
How much can change in less than two and a half years? In the case of Britain in the Sixties, the answer is: almost everything. From the seismic coming of the Beatles to a sex scandal that rocked the Tory government to the arrival at No 10 of Harold Wilson, a prime minister utterly different from his Old Etonian predecessors.
A Northern Wind, the keenly anticipated next instalment of David Kynaston's acclaimed Tales of a New Jerusalem series, brings to vivid life the period between October 1962 and February 1965. Drawing upon an unparalleled array of diaries, newspapers and first-hand recollections, Kynaston's masterful storytelling refreshes familiar events - the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Big Freeze, the assassination of JFK, the funeral of Winston Churchill - while revealing in all their variety the experiences of the people living through this history.
Major themes complement the compelling narrative: an anti-Establishment mood epitomised by the BBC's controversial That Was The Week That Was; a welfare state only slowly becoming more responsive to the individual needs of its users; and the rise of consumer culture, as Habitat arrived and shopping centres like Birmingham's Bull Ring proliferated.
Multi-voiced, multi-dimensional and immersive, Tales of a New Jerusalem has transformed how we see and understand post-war Britain. A Northern Wind continues the journey.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 704
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
'Volumes full of treasure, serious history with a human face.' - Hilary Mantel
'No other writer evokes Britain's past so well.' - The New Statesman
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